Surface Design Show 2024
- Category: News
- Date Published: 8th February 2024
Held at the Business Design Centre in Angel, the Surface Design Show brings together a variety of disciplines, materials and vendors all under one roof in a celebration of tactility and design.
This year’s theme of ‘Mindful Living‘ showcased a vast number of companies exploring how materials emotionally impact us as well as how companies like Polygood, PaperStone or Kava work towards more sustainable production and use of these materials within interior and architectural design.
Looking at trends within the show, some of the big ones were colour, recycling waste and how space affects the mind. The Design trend and secrets hidden within new talent talk, hosted by Jennifer Castoldi from Trendease, heroed new designers who are exploring how materials can be used to support a positive future. Some of the products that stood out included Studio Nafa who are using cow manure to create interior products and surfaces and Patty van den Elshout who creates organic wall art pieces that focus on tactility to sooth anxiety in homes and hospitals.
This shift in how materials are used could have interesting implications for architecture in the future as designers work on new materials to build homes that are cost effective, sustainable and futureproofed. Anzen Smart Walls creates blocks filled with straw and mycelium (mushrooms), that grow and bind to become solid structures generating a entirely new way of building homes. CEO Dhruv Shau described how a 2 bedroom home could cost just £1500 to construct.